Also baudekin. Textiles. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
Architecture. a permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
- Also bal·dac·chi·no, bal·da·chi·no [bal-duh-kee-noh], /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/, bal·da·quin.
- bal·da·chined, adjective
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How to use baldachin in a sentence
Under the baldachin hovered a gilded Cupid, spotted and faded, with his arrow aimed at the bed.The Precipice | Ivan Goncharov
His peculiar use of a very stiff baldachin made people say that he was a master of Raphael.The Story of Perugia | Margaret Symonds
I take the shrine to be a work of the thirteenth century, though the baldachin is no doubt of later date.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain | George Edmund Street
Then he took his stand in front of the theatrical chair under the faded baldachin, and sucked at his upper lip.Royal Highness | Thomas Mann
From the coffered ceiling hangs the metal baldachin, like a precious lantern's chain without a lamp.An Artist's Letters From Japan | John La Farge
British Dictionary definitions for baldachin
a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
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